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We are delighted to be able to offer a variety of packages to groups.  Please see the information below, and if you have an enquiry about booking a visit please contact visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Group visit times

Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Pre-booking is essential.

Evening group visits can be scheduled after hours, subject to availability. This can include optional fine dining with bespoke menus to suit any occasion.

Group rates

For groups of 12 of more people
Unguided visit - £5 per person
Guided visit - £6.50 per person
Durham Cathedral Museum - £12.50 per person 
Specialist Tours - £10 per person
 

Catering options

We can offer a range of catering choices such as lunch or cream tea and scones after your tour.

These are served to your group in the medieval Prior’s Hall, formerly the Prior’s dining room when the Cathedral was a monastery. This is not usually open to the public and is subject to availability.

Groups are also welcome to visit the Undercroft Restaurant on an individual basis for homemade refreshments.

Discover Durham Cathedral's offer to groups

The impressive architecture of the nave, the 1000-year history of Durham Cathedral, the treasures of the cathedral's collections and the friendliness of our guides - discover all this and more on a group visit to Durham Cathedral.

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Sample packages

Unguided Cathedral visit

Pre-booked groups are welcome to explore the cathedral as a free-flow visit, or can be guided by their accompanying academic or certified blue badge guide.

Cathedral guided tour

Our knowledgeable, friendly guides will show you around the Cathedral, pointing out hidden gems and fascinating stories about this magnificent building. Cathedral tours last about one hour.

Durham Cathedral Museum

Marvel at the spectacular 14th century Monks’ Dormitory and magnificent Great Kitchen housing the unique Treasures of St Cuthbert. Visits to Durham Cathedral Musuem are guided and last approximately 90 minutes, and must be pre-booked in specific timeslots.

Bespoke tours

Tours and talks are also available on special interest subjects.  These can include behind the scenes tours or special viewings for an additional cost.  

  • Northern Saints
  • Pilgrimage Tour
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Embroidery and Textiles
  • Decorative Art in the Cathedral

The Chapter House

See where the monks transacted daily business including reading a ‘chapter’ of the monastic rule. For Harry Potter fans, the Chapter House was used as Professor McGonagall’s classroom together with the Cloister in the first two films. 

Not usually open to the public, subject to availability and additional charges apply.  

Tower climb

Climb the tower to view this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Durham City from above. See the roof, masonry and exterior of the Central Tower up close.

Tickets can be purchased on an individual basis at the cathedral visitor desk. Subject to availability, and restrictions apply. See more on the Cathedral Central Tower page.

Evening tours

For a unique experience, after-hours evening tours can be arranged once the Cathedral is closed to the public.

Packages can be created to include a private drinks reception in the medieval Cloister, and evening dinner in the vaulted Undercroft Restaurant, with menus to suit accompanied by a range of wines and Durham Brewery beers.

Subject to availability and additional charges apply.  

Private organ recital

Add a special touch to your visit with a private organ recital, with visitors seated in the 17th century carved wooden choir stalls in the Quire, the heart of the Cathedral.

Subject to availability and additional charges apply.  

Worship and private chapel service

Private prayer and reflection can be included as part of your visit in the 13th century vaulted Chapel of the Holy Cross, a tranquil chapel underneath the Deanery.

Subject to availability and additional charges apply.   

Groups are always to welcome to join in any of our regular services.

Cloister, Cathedral Shop and Undercroft Restaurant

Take time to explore our Cloister at the centre of the most intact surviving medieval monastic buildings in the UK. It leads to the Undercroft Foyer, housing the Undercroft Restaurant for homemade food and refreshments and the Cathedral Shop, which stocks a wide range of books and unique gifts.

Further information and booking

How to book

As we are a working Cathedral, please pre-book so we can advise of services or events that might be taking place, so that you can get the most from your visit.

Please complete a booking request form, and send to visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk:

 

Bookings are all subject to availability and are not secured until confirmed by Durham Cathedral.

For further information or to discuss your booking please email visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk 

Payment

You will need to pay on arrival at the Visitor Desk inside the Cathedral, in one payment for the whole group by cash, debit/credit card or cheque (made payable to Durham Cathedral). Payment by invoice is by agreement for travel trade. Minimum numbers or charges apply.

Accessibility

Most of the Cathedral is accessible, however as an historic building there are some uneven floors and certain areas are limited. Durham Cathedral Musuem is fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available on request and assistance dogs are welcome.

If you need any extra help or advice please let us know in advance. You might also wish to look at our Accessibility page.

Getting here

Durham is west of the A1(M) and east of the A167 in North East England. Durham’s narrow streets mean there is restricted vehicular access to the Cathedral with no coaches and no parking. Coaches can drop of in the city, then continue to the free coach parking available at the Coach Park at Belmont Park & Ride (postcode DH1 1SR). Download a coach parking map.

Durham County Council provides a public shuttle bus service from the Coach drop-off point at Freemans Place and the Market Place to the Cathedral. An all-day ticket can be bought on board. There are more details on our Getting here page, including maps.

A region of delights

We are proud to be part of Discover Durham, promoting the city, countryside and coast of Durham as an exciting group travel destination. Please take a look at our Other Durham highlights page for more details.

Taking photos during your visit

We encourage visitors to take respectful non-flash photos inside and outside Durham Cathedral. Photos cannot be taken in Durham Cathedral Museum or in areas reserved for private worship. See our photography page for more information.

There are also postcards, prints and books available to buy in the Cathedral Shop.

Have more questions?

We would be happy to discuss your requirements further to arrange a visit to suit your group. Please contact visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk.